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Must-Reads

‘I couldn’t disagree with you more’: Watch Ed Markey’s testy back-and-forth with Mark Zuckerberg » Boston.com Sen. Ed Markey’s clash with Mark Zuckerberg had perhaps been a long time coming. …

Reg agency seeking nearly $8 mil annual budget » State House News Service The Cannabis Control Commission is waiting to see whether the House budget slated to be released Wednesday fulfills its first full-year request. …

Baker "not worried" about paying price for skipping Pence visit » State House News Service Despite being more than 60 miles away from Boston on Tuesday evening where Vice President Mike Pence was raising cash for President Trump and the Republican National Committee, Gov. Charlie Baker said…

Baker hoping lawmakers "find a way" on ballot questions » State House News Service Fired up retailers railed against a proposed minimum wage hike Tuesday that they said would imperil their businesses. …

ABC: Comey compares Trump to mob boss » Axios A source present at the taping says James Comey's interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos, airing Sunday at 10 p.m. as a "20/20" special, is "going to shock the president and his team." …

Joseph Crowley, 56 Years Young and Ready to Succeed the Old Guard » Roll Call When the inevitable generational change starts in the top ranks of the (US) House Democrats, Joseph Crowley is planning to be first in line. …

No consensus on Beacon Hill for taking guns » Gloucester Times A task force looking at ideas such as a “good Samaritan” law — which would give legal protection to friends or family who take firearms from a distressed individual — wrappe…

Another former Lowell mayor joins state Senate race » Lowell Sun Politicos have heard rumblings for months about Edward Kennedy seeking higher office. …

With $40 Billion Plan Expected, Mass. House Budget Chief Says It's Tough To Say 'No' To Requests » WBUR With the next fiscal year less than three months away, the Massachusetts House Ways and Means Committee is set to release its FY-'19 budget recommendation on Wednesday.…

"Like everybody, I was stunned, shocked, amazed, and really disappointed by the current state of play at Mount Ida," Baker told reporters on Tuesday. "I mean, the thing that bothered me the most about that was it was pretty clear that for the past several years, this deficit that they are dealing with now has gotten worse and worse."

Governor Charlie Baker

Speaking about Mount Ida College shutting down and being acquired by UMass.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Mulvaney Faces Elizabeth Warren Grilling Over New Tone at CFPB » Bloomberg Politics Back when he was a South Carolina congressman, Mulvaney eagerly joined other Republicans in making a pinata out of Richard Cordray, the Barack Obama-appointed head of the Consumer Financial Protection…

US Sens. Ed Markey, Richard Blumenthal introduce bill to protect Americans' data in wake of Facebook privacy scandal » The Republican U.S. Sens. Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts, and Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut, announced Tuesday that they have offered new legislation to protect Americans' personal information from privacy breaches …

Rep. McGovern named ranking Democrat on House Rules Committee » Worcester Telegram & Gazette U.S. Rep. James P. McGovern of Worcester was officially named ranking Democrat on the House Rules Committee on Tuesday, a post that would elevate him to chair of the powerful body should the Democrats…

Business

Fishing industry reps express offshore wind resistance » Martha's Vineyard Times Fishing industry representatives from all along the East Coast sent an urgent missive to Governor Charlie Baker on Monday, asking him to delay this month’s selection of the company that will co…

Boston Convention And Visitors Bureau Criticized For Lack of Diversity In Hiring » WGBH Greater Boston's Convention and Visitors Bureau is getting blowback for saying there were no qualified candidates of color for an executive position.…

Berkshire Museum lists 13 works, including 2nd Rockwell, for May auction » Berkshire Eagle Trustees of the Berkshire Museum say they hope to retain two-thirds of the works they can legally sell, acknowledging the "strong feelings" of those who oppose their financial rescue plan. …

Lawmakers Approaching Deadline To Settle Minimum Wage And Avoid Ballot Fight » WGBH Time is running out for lawmakers to prevent a prolonged ballot battle over raising the minimum wage and small businesses are looking to the Legislature to stop what could be a costly campaign.…

All signs point to Lucas museum as 'Shuffleton's' buyer » Berkshire Eagle

Education

Massachusetts representatives visit Kennedy Day School » Wicked Local Shrewsbury Students and staff of the Kennedy Day School at Franciscan Children’s recently welcomed members of the Massachusetts state legislature for an introduction and tour of the school’s fa…

Boston high school grads missing goal on degrees » Boston Globe A decade ago, Mayor Thomas M. Menino set a goal of doubling the percentage of city high school graduates who earned college degrees. But a report being released Wednesday shows the city has fallen far…

Want to know how to get into Harvard? Court may allow some admissions documents to be open to the public » Boston Globe If there’s a Holy Grail in higher education, this might be it: thousands of documents that lay bare the inner workings of Harvard University’s admissions process.…

Clinton, Nashoba, West Boylston schools get preschool inclusion grants » Worcester Telegram & Gazette Three local school districts received FY2019 grant funding in the Inclusive Preschool Learning Environment Renweal Grants Award program. Clinton Public Schools will be receiving $28,289; the Nashoba R…

30 apply to be Lawrence schools chief » Eagle Tribune The committee searching for a successor to former school superintendent Jeff Riley – now the state Education Commissioner – has received more than 30 applications and expects more before…

UMass President Defends Mount Ida Acquisition, Says He Isn't Playing 'Zero-Sum Game' » WBUR Marty Meehan, president of the University of Massachusetts system, is defending the decision to acquire the Newton campus of Mount Ida College, saying it will open essential work and internship experi…

'Essentially, they're free agents,' UMass President Marty Meehan says of Mount Ida students » The Republican Competition will be fierce for Mount Ida College students as the institution closes and allows UMass Amherst to acquire its 74-acre campus in Newton, University of Massachusetts President Marty Meehan…

Braintree mayor believes school budget can keep pace » Taunton Gazette Mayor Joseph Sullivan said he believes next year’s school budget should be enough to maintain current programs for another year.…

Baker criticizes Mount Ida leadership after college’s sudden closure » Boston Globe

Harvard Students Rally for Massachusetts Sexual Assault Bills » The Harvard Crimson

Mount Ida, set to close, would have survived under Lasell takeover proposal » Boston Business Journal

Massachusetts Senate passes student loan regulations, setting up clash with Trump administration » The Republican

State demands info from Mt. Ida College, seeks meeting » Patriot Ledger

Environment

Wellesley receives $137K for clean energy projects » Wicked Local Wellesley Stoneham, Waltham and Wellesley received Green Communities designation grants from the Baker-Polito Administration totaling close to $600,000, to fund clean energy projects.…

MassDEP OKs 'major modification' of incinerator ash landfill north of Boston » The Republican State environmental regulators on Monday approved expanded operations at a controversial ash landfill in Saugus, an Essex County community of 27,000 north of Boston. Wheelabrator Saugus, Inc., which o…

Former EPA Administrator Says Scott Pruitt Is 'Embarrassing' The Position » WGBH If former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy could rate the first year of her successor, Scott Pruitt, she'd give him a number in the negatives.…

Plant operator to pay $1.6 million for Plymouth sewage spill » Patriot Ledger The company that manages Plymouth’s water-treatment plant has agreed to pay $1.6 million to settle allegations that it allowed thousands of gallons of contaminated wastewater to spill into the …

Gaming

Wynn Resorts seeks to remove Steve Wynn from its Mass. license » Boston Globe Steve Wynn has left Wynn Resorts, the casino giant he founded. Now, the Nevada company that bears his name wants him off its Massachusetts license as well.…

Health Care

Hogan's bill on patient privacy is now law » Worcester Telegram & Gazette Gov. Charlie Baker has signed” An Act to protect access to confidential healthcare into law” – Rep. Kate Hogan’s bill to protect patient privacy. The governor held a ceremon…

Behavioral health report: More funds, earlier, broader help needed » The Republican A commission signed into law by Gov. Charles Baker last year to investigate evidence-based approaches to promoting behavioral health early and preventing associated disorders has issued its final repo…

Lahey exec: Merger will lead to "true competition" » State House News Service A proposed 13-hospital merger involving Beth Israel Deaconess and Lahey Health would result in lower costs and be accomplished without layoffs at the service-delivery level, officials from those healt…

Judiciary

How legislators voted on criminal justice overhaul » Lowell Sun The House voted 148-5, and the Senate 37-0, to approve and send to Gov. Charlie Baker a conference committee version of a bill making some major changes to the state's criminal justice system includin…

Labor

UMass unions take contract demands to trustees » Valley Advocate The University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees meet at UMass Amherst once a year, and this year, on April 6, they were met by union employees from all over the state demanding “respect and fa…

Local Government

Boston reaches $5 million settlement with family of boy who drowned at Carson Beach » Boston Globe The City of Boston has quietly reached a $5 million settlement with the family of Kyzr Willis, a 7-year-old boy who drowned in July 2016 while attending a city-run summer camp in South Boston, the fam…

Women in Medford politics share their experiences, challenges » Wicked Local Medford Women topped the ticket for all three elected offices in Medford’s 2017 municipal election. Mayor Stephanie M. Burke received 61.3 percent of votes for mayor, Councilor Breanna Lungo-Koehn rece…

Sheffield orders new landing spot for UFO monument » Berkshire Eagle A memorial marking the location of a 1969 close encounter, known as "our nation's first off-world/UFO incident," is going to be moved.…

Waltham City Council approves adding more liquor licenses » Wicked Local Waltham Waltham City Council voted Monday night to seek additional liquor licenses from the state, settling an issue that has been contentious in the among politicians and business owners for years…

Lowell Council OKs contract for City Manager Donoghue » Lowell Sun The city will have a new leader Wednesday morning. The City Council voted 8-1 Tuesday evening to approve Sen. Eileen Donoghue's contract. The former Lowell mayor will be sworn in as the city's first f…

Marijuana

Cape Cod's First Medical Marijuana Dispensary To Open In Mashpee » WGBH Cape Cod’s first medical marijuana dispensary is scheduled to open in Mashpee in the next few days, five years after voters legalized medical marijuana in Massachusetts. The company behind the …

Turf war in Great Barrington about regulating recreational weed industry » Berkshire Eagle While the recreational marijuana industry waits at the town's doorstep, a turf war rages between two town boards about which should regulate it.…

CCC expediting marijuana application reviews of 20 companies » State House News Service Twenty unidentified registered marijuana dispensaries were approved Tuesday to have their applications to enter the recreational marijuana business reviewed by the Cannabis Control Commission on an ex…

Framingham panel votes to delay recreational marijuana sales » The Metro West Daily News A task force will recommend banning recreational marijuana sales in Framingham until December to give the city more time to craft its own rules for pot shops.…

Amid Uncertainty Over Maine Pot Legislation, Some Would-Be Growers Move To Mass. » WBUR A few years ago, Steve Arnold, who owns two marinas outside of Portland, had his pick of heated warehouses to lease, where he could store clients' boats in the winter.…

Opinion

EDITORIAL: Baker should focus on serving his constituents, not the federal government » The Daily Free Press Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker’s absence was the elephant in the room at the Republican National Convention Fundraiser Tuesday night.…

Simple changes could make big difference in opioid fight » Newburyport News Blunting the deadly impact of opioid abuse involves work on many fronts — enhanced treatment and better access to it, closer scrutiny of prescriptions, updated technology at the borders to dete…

Pregnant women don’t belong in ICE custody » Boston Globe Until December, it was the policy of Immigration and Customs Enforcement to release pregnant women who were detained, except in very specific cases. …

SJC should spike proposed millionaires tax » Boston Globe Sometime this spring, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court will decide whether the so-called Fair Share Amendment can appear on the state ballot in November.…

A UMass Boston institute that studies war’s effects is fighting to survive budget cuts » Boston Globe These are tough days at the University of Massachusetts Boston, which feels more like a stepchild of the state university system every day.…

Botched search for Boston tourism honcho should be restarted » Boston Globe Time for a do-over. That’s the only way the board of the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau can make this right. When a search for a new chief operating officer yields no candidate of…

Editorial: Allow states to test drug costs » The Times-News One big reason Americans pay too much for prescription drugs is that the government has been so reluctant to push prices down. Private health insurers pick and choose the medicines they cover and use …

Editorial: Baker needs to keep national GOP at bay » Boston Herald When Gov. Charlie Baker approached reporters Monday, his body language was louder than his words. He knew he’d be taking questions about his intention to snub Vice President Mike Pence at yeste…

Bolling: UMass Boston dealt bad deal » Boston Herald When DA Maura Healey sheds light on the University of Massachusetts Amherst/Mt. Ida midnight madness debacle that left Mt. Ida kids in the lurch and beleaguered UMass Boston, once again, on the prover…

A confounding rollback » Cape Cod Times The Environmental Protection Agency is charged with safeguarding the health and well-being of the American people through its development and enforcement of rules and regulations that mitigate the rel…

LETTER: Great news for Plymouth » Wicked Local Plymouth

Editorial: Airbnb regulations should come down on the side of safety » The Recorder

Politics

Ex-Senate president has first primary fight since 1991 » Sentinel & Enterprise A Northampton Democrat hoping to unseat one of the Senate's longest-serving lawmakers -- its former president -- plans to make her case by touting her local ties and a fresh perspective.…

Tran launches re-election bid » Sentinel & Enterprise State Sen. Dean Tran announced on Monday that he will officially be seeking re-election this fall, confirming the rematch between the Republican incumbent and his December special election opponent, S…

Koch, Hughes meet Vice President Pence » Patriot Ledger The governor and lieutenant governor may have had other places to be, but Quincy was front and center to greet Vice President Mike Pence on his visit to Boston on Tuesday.…

Baker Skips VP Pence’s Boston Visit, Dem Guv Candidate Calls Him Out » State House News Service Governor Charlie Baker was nowhere to be found when Vice President Mike Pence visited Boston on Tuesday evening for a fund-raising gala, and now one of his Democratic challengers is criticizing the Sw…

Baker hopes for compromise on ballot questions » The Recorder Fired up retailers railed against a proposed minimum wage hike Tuesday that they said would imperil their businesses.…

Candidates spar in D.A. race forum » Bay State Banner The gloves came off Monday as five candidates for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office participated in a forum at English High School hosted by JP Progressives, the NAACP Boston Branch…

Governor downplays decision to not meet with VP Pence » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker downplayed his decision to hold to his original schedule and not meet with Vice President Mike Pence in Boston.…

Suffolk DA hopefuls share views » Commonwealth Magazine THE FIRST candidate forum in the race for Suffolk County district attorney gave the five Democrats running a chance to lay out their vision for the office and, in one case, clarify a view that the cam…

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker defends decision to skip fundraiser with VP Mike Pence » The Republican Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday defended his decision to skip a fundraiser with Vice President Mike Pence in Boston, saying he has a good working relationship with officials in Washington, but he was no…

Elizabeth Warren’s GOP challengers announce fund-raising totals » Boston Globe With a few weeks to go before the Massachusetts Republican Party gathers to formally endorse a candidate to challenge Democrat Elizabeth Warren, the leading GOP candidates for the US Senate seat relea…

Justice bill author backs Gonzalez after Setti Warren's veto promise » State House News Service Democrat Setti Warren said last week that he was taking a principled stand against mandatory minimum sentences when he said he would veto a criminal justice reform bill backed unanimously by legislati…

As VP Mike Pence visited Boston, Gov. Baker came to Westport to promote his first term » Herald News

Public Safety

Students rally to fight for sexual assault protections on campuses » The Daily Free Press More than 200 students from 21 colleges and universities gathered at the Massachusetts State House Tuesday morning to rally against sexual violence on campuses.…

Walsh seizes on chance to push for shared police authority in Seaport » Boston Globe Mayor Martin J. Walsh, seizing on the shifting political landscape surrounding the State Police, is reigniting a push on Beacon Hill to give Boston police the authority to share jurisdiction of the Se…

Former head of Troop E claims no knowledge of overtime fraud » WCVB The man formerly in charge of Troop E, which is now the focus of the Massachusetts State Police overtime scandal, said he had no idea any troop members may have collected overtime pay for shifts they …

Criminal checks may be expanded » Salem News Workers at summer camps, preschools and day care centers that get federal grants may soon need to be fingerprinted and subjected to national criminal background checks.…

Maura Healey to speak at grand opening of new office of victims aid agency in Northampton » The Republican

State Finance

Taxing questions loom as game-changers for state budget » Lowell Sun The last two state budget exercises were rendered largely moot by overly optimistic revenue assumptions. This year, it's the voters who may lay waste to the spending plans lawmakers will draft between…

House unveils $41B budget featuring increases in MassHealth, marijuana revenue » Boston Business Journal

Massachusetts House proposes $40.98 billion state budget for fiscal 2019 » The Republican

House Bumps Up Local Aid In $41 Billion Budget, Drops Baker's MassHealth Plan » WBUR

House budget calls for State Police oversight and rebuffs Baker’s Medicaid plan » Boston Globe

State Government

Gov. Charlie Baker: Minimum wage, paid leave, sales tax should be decided by lawmakers, not voters » The Republican Gov. Charlie Baker said Tuesday that he hopes lawmakers -- not the voters -- will decide the fate of major economic issues, including the minimum wage, paid family leave and the state sales tax.…

State sends personal data to wrong addresses; thousands affected » Boston Globe

Transportation

Moulton: North South Rail Link has momentum » Gloucester Times Congressman Seth Moulton plans to meet with Gov. Charlie Baker Friday to discuss the North South Rail Link project. …

Electeds took electrics for a spin at the State House » State House News Service A shiny row of the latest electric, hybrid, and hydrogen cars lined the Bowdoin Street curb Tuesday, available for test drives as lawmakers and industry reps highlighted advancements in clean energy t…

North Quincy lot closure pushed off as union protests » Wicked Local Quincy The North Quincy MBTA lot will remain open at least until July following a bid protest by the local carpenters union.…

Utilities

Vineyard Wind plans operations facility on island » Cape Cod Times Offshore wind energy developer Vineyard Wind announced Tuesday its intention to open an operations and maintenance facility on Martha’s Vineyard to support its planned wind farm 14 miles south …

UMass Dartmouth to study economic impact of offshore wind on Bay State » Boston Business Journal

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

SJC case to determine if trooper gets pension » Boston Herald

Army picks Northeastern University for lab site » Boston Herald

Massachusetts Is The New Testbed For Cannabis Legalization » Forbes

Gov. Charlie Baker names Patrick Carnevale, Pittsfield emergency management expert, to head Springfield office » MassLive

EDITORIAL: What's the deal, Marty, on Mount Ida purchase? » Lowell Sun

Price jumps for anti-overdose drug Narcan through Massachusetts bulk buying program » MassLive

Mount Ida faculty ‘betrayed’ in debt deal with UMass » Boston Herald

Gun owners may appeal ruling on state assault weapons ban » Boston Herald

New money, state efforts will help crime victims in Massachusetts » MassLive

U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Ed Markey support Massachusetts' net neutrality push » MassLive

Beth Israel, Lahey officials lay out case for merger » Lowell Sun

Tufts hospital CEO criticizes planned Beth Israel-Lahey merger » Boston Globe

'Stunned, shocked, amazed': Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says Mount Ida 'grown-ups' let the students down » MassLive

CDC: Few high school students checked for HIV infection » MassLive

Democrats must drop quest for perfection » Boston Herald

Judge denies appeal after Fall River City Council violates open meetings law » Herald News

Business owners direct anger at lawmakers over $15-an-hour wage proposal » Boston Business Journal

Whatever happens to Wynn Boston Harbor casino, Gaming Commission, Everett officials will play big role, Gov. Charlie Baker says » MassLive

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Recipe of the Week

AMATRICIANA

Chef Delio Susi of Sulmona

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup rigatoni
  • 6 tablespoons guanciale, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 2 tablespoon red onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 3 basil leaves, sliced
  • 4 tablespons pecorino
  • 2 tablespoons grana padano
  • Salt
  • Black pepper

Directions

  1. Cook pasta until done.
  2. In a saute pan, render guanciale until crispy. Add garlic and red onions and saute quickly until translucent. Then, and add white wine.
  3. Cook off alcohol and add cherry tomatoes, half of basil, salt and pepper. Simmer.
  4. When pasta is cooked, add to sauce, and toss with 2 tablespoons pecorino. Line on plate, and top with additional pecorino, grana padano and basil garnish.


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